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In her latest Player Perspectives column, MMORPG.com's Isabelle Parsley takes a look at what exactly immersion is in MMOs. Whether you are the type of player who simply logs in or the type who sees/hears/speaks nothing but the world of the game you're in, all crave some level of immersion. Check out Isabelle's thoughts about immersion in today's MMOs and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.
For me, game immersion is akin to reading a great book: for a few moments or a few hours I’m not merely running my eyes over clumps of words on a page – I’m there, and the story flows through my mind’s eye as pictures, not words. It’s not quite the same with games since they’re primarily visual to begin with, but the basic principle remains that for however long, what I’m doing has grabbed hold of me and is making me actively use my imagination. When it’s really good, there’s nothing quite like it and finishing the book (or logging out) leaves me with a happy/sad feeling that’s utterly unbeatable.
Read more of Isabelle Parsley's Player Perspectives: Button clicking /= immersion.